70-Year-Old French woman allegedly beaten up and raped in Varanasi

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A 70-year-old French lady was allegedly beaten up and raped in Varanasi the previous evening, the police said. The lady has been a regular visitor to the city since 1977. For the last 11 months, she had been staying in the city and working at a centre for specially abled children.

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Last night, the guard working at her rented accommodation in the city’s Rohaniya area allegedly grabbed her cellphone, beat her up and assaulted her. The man is absconding.

The police said the lady has undergone a medical check-up at the hospital where she has been admitted and a report is awaited. Doctors have said she is out of danger. A hunt is on for the guard, said senior cop Nitin Tiwari.

“The denounced has been recognized and all legal formalities will be finished soonest. He is a chowkidaar (watch) of where she was living,” Mr Tiwari said.

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